Associations for Mental Health
An association is a group of people organized for a joint purpose.
A connection or cooperative link between people or organizations.
Established associations can provide plentiful information specific to a single illness. Resources to education, advocacy, support groups, and more.
In 1979, Jerome H. Stone and representatives from several family support groups met with the National Institute on Aging to explore the value of a national, independent, nonprofit organization to complement federal efforts surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. That meeting resulted in the April 10, 1980, formation of the Alzheimer’s Association with Mr. Stone as founding president.
Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through our national office and chapters in communities nationwide. We are the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.”
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
ISSTD seeks to advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.
New England Personality Disorder Association
NEPDA’s mission is to promote education, support and advocacy in the field of personality disorders, with a concentration on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.
The CFIDS Association of America
The CFIDS Association of America was founded in 1987 and has established itself as the leading charitable organization dedicated to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
National Fibromyalgia Association
Founded in 1997 in Orange, California, by Lynne Matallana and Karen Lee Richards, the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) is the largest nonprofit [501(c)3] organization working to support people with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain illnesses.
International OCD Foundation
“The International OCD Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. Founded in 1986 by a small group of individuals with OCD, the Foundation has grown into an international membership-based organization serving a broad community of individuals with OCD and related disorders, their family members and loved ones, and mental health professionals and researchers.”
Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America
- “Support and train schizophrenics anonymous (SA) groups
- Organize conferences and workshops for professionals and consumers
- Sponsor weekly schizophrenics anonymous conference call
- Sponsor weekly family & friends support conference call
- Advocate at federal, state and local levels
- Assist in public education campaigns
- Provide online resource library
- Publish monthly eNewsletter
- Provide speaker’s bureau for events”
Tourette Syndrome Association
“Founded in 1972 in Bayside New York, the national Tourette Syndrome Association is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field. Our mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome.”
Trichotillomania Learning Center
The Trichotillomania Learning Center’s mission is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America, founded in 1909, is the nation’s leading community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide stands by its mission to offer suicide prevention awareness resources and training to teachers and parents who interact with our nation’s youth on a daily basis. While not a crisis-intervention resource itself, SPTS is dedicated to helping those who need it most – before they reach the point of crisis. Education and awareness regarding suicide risks and what roles parents and educators play as both a ‘trusted adult’ and in the ‘competent community’ model, is what differentiates SPTS from other organizations. From in-person trainings, to informational parent presentations, to youth survivor support group trainings for communities, SPTS continues to put itself on the frontlines of youth suicide prevention and ultimately, save teens.
Please comment any organization/association that can be added to this list, thank you.